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I'm a pretty decent Java coder, but I'm very new to this field of programming. What books would you folks recommend to get me started?
For example, any person new to Java, I always tell them to start with Laura Lemay's "Java in 21 Days". Anything similar to that here "J2EE in 21 Days"
 
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There are three books that I have read and recommend:
1. Enterprise Javabeans : Developing Component-Based Distributed Applications (by Tom Valesky)
This book is now a bit dated and refers to the EJB 1.1 spec., but still good reading (in my opinion).
URL:
<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0201604469/electricporkchop</p rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0201604469/electricporkchop

2. Enterprise Javabeans (by Richard Monson-Haefel)
This book also refers to EJB 1.1 but there is a third edition in the works that -- I think -- deals with EJB 2.0
URL:
<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1565928695/electricporkchop</p rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1565928695/electricporkchop

3. Mastering EJB (by Ed Roman)
Also deals with EJB 1.1. It is available as a PDF file from
<A HREF="http://www.TheServerSide.com/resources/index.jsp<BR rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://www.TheServerSide.com/resources/index.jsp

There is also a second edition being developed -- Mastering EJB II -- and chapters are uploaded to the web site for public review.

Also there are many web sites that have good EJB tutorials.
From SUN's java site:
<A HREF="http://java.sun.com/j2ee/tutorial/index.html</p rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://java.sun.com/j2ee/tutorial/index.html

Richard Baldwin has a series of "lessons" on EJB at his tutorials site:
<A HREF="http://www.phrantic.com/scoop/tocadv.htm<BR rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://www.phrantic.com/scoop/tocadv.htm

That is the "table of contents" page. The EJB lessons start at number 1305.

Lastly, JBoss is a free application server that supports all the J2EE technologies. It has documentation that walks you through creating an EJB application.
URL:
<A HREF="http://www.jboss.org</p rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://www.jboss.org

Similarly, OrionServer is free (for development use) and also has companion sites with tutorials on EJB development.
URLs:
<A HREF="http://www.orionserver.com<BR rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://www.orionserver.com
<A HREF="http://www.orionsupport.com<BR rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://www.orionsupport.com
<A HREF="http://www.jollem.com</p rel="nofollow">" TARGET=_blank>http://www.jollem.com

Well, that should be enough to at least get you started!

Good Luck,
Avi.

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[This message has been edited by Angela Poynton (edited September 11, 2001).]
 
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Also don't forget to look at The Bunkhouse in the J2EE and Distributed Computing section.
Avi, I hope you don't mind but I edited your links to Amazon above so if used to buy a book Javaranch will get a few pennies!!
 
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